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I didn’t even know Michael Redd was still alive.  Wow.  Let me be a little selfish here, tell me what kind of a night you think I’m having:

  1. Gores buys Pistons
  2. Pistons win 110 – 100 over Bucks
  3. JoannePistonFan got her Jonas Jerebko jersey from Jonas himself
  4. No Government shutdown (I work for government)

If you said “great”, “fantastic”, “happy”, etc – I circle all of the above.  Should I play the lottery?  Anywho…

Chris Wilcox, have a game why don’t ya?  27 points and 13 boards in only 24 minutes!  Wilcox flashed reminders to us tonight of why he was a lottery pick coming out Maryland a few years ago. If you were to tell me it was Chris that was going to single handily handle the point spread in this one I would have bet against it.  He’s an athletic big, it’s just a shame that he is so inconsistent.  Rodney Stuckey followed up his big game against the Nets with another big game tonight.

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  • One of my favoritest non-Pistons player ever, Michael Redd, played in his 7th straight game back from multiple catastrophic knee injuries that have basically reduced him to role player status, if he’s worthy of any status at all.
  • You can tell the Bucks are coached by Scott Skiles.  Look at the names on the bench that would/could be starting on most teams in the league: Maggette (5 minutes), Drew Gooden (29 minutes), Ilyasova, and former VCU Ram great, Larry Sanders.  I believe Skiles may have coached his way out of Milwaukee this season and the problem with that is, this team was built to his specification.
  • Charlie V hit a few nice shots tonight in his limited time on the floor.  Looks like he didn’t lose his rhythm in the time he missed with a back
  • One of my other favorite players, Earl Boykins, is reduced to single digit minutes for the Bucks – 4 points in 9 minutes
  • Greg Monroe with another solid night: 11 points, 8 boards and solid defense
  • Carlos Defino had a bad night – 0 for everything from the field and 0 points
  • What a match up of young guards – Brandon Jennings got whatever he wanted from the field (13-21 shooting) and Rodney Stuckey got just about everything he wanted as well, only off the bench
  • Detroit dominated the glass: 49 rebounds to 32 for Milwaukee
  • Only downside to tonight’s win: 14 turnovers
  • No conspiracy here:  Pistons benefit from 23 fouls called against Bucks
  • No Ben Wallace – this, friends, is the beginning of the end.  We’ll be hanging his jersey in the rafters one day just like Rodman
  • Don’t look now but, the Pistons are 2 games above .500 at home and will finish the year with a winning home record

Up next for the Detroit Gores Tom Pistons Pistons, they travel to Charlotte to take on former Duke Blue Devil Gerald Henderson and the Charlotte Bobcats.

If you have twitter you should follow JoannePistonFan (link) and congratulate her on winning the Jonas jersey from Jonas himself.  Otherwise, have a good weekend and we’ll see you on Sunday for the Bobcats preview.

 

In a battle over 2 teams that are a combined 31 games back of the Central Division standings, the Pistons came out on top 89-78.

The night belonged to Richard Hamilton who, for all intents and purposes, had been virtually dismissed from the team that he helped win the 2004 NBA Finals.  Hamilton scored 15 points on 7-14 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench for the visiting Pistons.  A night after it was reported he admitted that he may never set foot on the floor for the Detroit Pistons, Hamilton said about his check-in:

“I thought it was a joke. Like I said, I had no idea. No idea. Just yesterday I was inactive. Like I said I thought that was a sign that was my last time ever playing in a Piston uniform, you know?”

It can be argued that the Pistons needed his help to overcome the struggling Bucks on the road – Hamilton tied for team high +9 and was the second leading scorer.  If not for Tayshaun Prince’s 12 points and 11 rebounds, Hamilton could’ve easily won “Player of the night”.  Let’s look at the highlights:

  • Greg Monroadwarrior Monrobocop Monroe continued his solid play in the post for the Pistons – he finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds
  • For all the talk last year about how good the now second year point guard Brandon Jennings was, he sure has come back down to earth in a major way
  • Every Pistons player that played finished on the plus side of the +/- statistic
  • Austin Daye with 28 solid minutes off the bench, most on either team
  • A lot of people had the Bucks as their “sleeper” coming into this season after the acquisitions of Corey Maggette, Drew Gooden, and John Salmons – maybe we shouldn’t be giving former Piston executive John Hammond as much credit as he has been getting for building the Pistons.  The Bucks are loaded with bad contracts now
  • Chris Wilcox only played 7 minutes  - his lowest total in 14 games since coming back from injury
  • CV scored 6 points against his former team off the bench
  • I’d like to think the Bucks are what the Pistons would be if they had a scoring center – but then I remember that the backcourt of the Pistons is better and the bench is deeper
  • Mr. McGrady is steadily giving the Pistons minutes at the point – 30 minutes and 20 points for McGrady
  • Former Piston great Carlos Delfino had an off night – well, it’s a night that Pistons fans are used to seeing out of him (2-11 shooting and 8 points)
  • Tonight’s loss for the Bucks was their 14th out of the last 21 games

The Pistons get to spend Superbowl Sunday at home with their families before they gear up for their next game on Tuesday when Antonio McDyess and the 42-8 San Antonio Spurs come to the Palace to face off against the Pistons.  The Spurs have been by far the league’s hottest team and they’re being lead by Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

When the Pistons started the game hitting their first 11 shots you would have thought it was going to be one of those games at the Palace.  The Bucks had other ideas.  The Milwaukee bench outscored the Pistons bench 53-16 to a 91-85 victory at the Palace.

Key Points:

  • I know everyone is pointing at the Pistons bench for the loss, but do you realize they only took 18 Shots.
  • Tayshaun Prince is racking up minutes (42), and his defense is starting to creep back.  Prince with 12 points, 8 boards and 3 blocked shots.
  • Ben Wallace pretty much contained Andrew Bogut by himself, while grabbing 12 boards, with a block, a steal and 3 points.
  • Jonas Jerebko with 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting, 2 steals a blocked shot and 4 boards.  His game is maturing by the day.  Did anyone catch the guys with the sign that said Swedish Eagle?
  • Rip Hamilton with a game high 29 points on 9-for-20 shooting with 3 assists, 3 boards and a steal.  It was a vintage Rip night.
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  • Charlie V never really got a chance this season to torch his former team.  Charlie with 2 points, 4 boards in 18 minutes.  His foul trouble and the turnovers, probably was the reason for the minutes.  I just hope he shakes off whatever is ailing him soon.

“Coming off that bench, we’ve got to play better,” Bynum said. “We had an eight- or 10-point lead when we got in in the first half. There’s no way we can play like that when the first team plays as well as they did in the first quarter. We’ve got to keep it going and I don’t think we did that tonight.” Via Pistons.com

  • An odd game for Rodney Stuckey, he scored 13 on 5-for-10 shooting, but for some reason he looked uncomfortable out there to me.  Could it have possibly been because he was trying to keep up with the lightning quick Jennings?  He did turn the ball over 5 times.
  • 1-for-6 from downtown.
  • Maxiell with a vintage putback.

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  • We really could have pulled it out in the last minutes of the game, but John Salmons, who is truly a Pistons killer no matter where he plays had the clutch three to put the Pistons away.
  • I will never watch a Josh Hartnet movie again….Ilyasova with 16 points and 12 boards off the bench for the Bucks.
  • Nice to see Stack still has it, he got us through some tough times here in the D.
  • Just a frustrating game altogether…we were shooting lights out in the first half and losing.
  • Let Austin Play!
  • Board war lost 37-40.
  • Gordon….1-for-6.  Is it the injury or is it what we were afraid of when the Pistons acquired him?  Rip and BG together on one team?
  • I’m shaking this one off because I’m excited to see Antonio tomorrow evening at the Palace.  Ice4Dyess

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The Pistons vs. The Bucks

The 19-34 Detroit Pistons back home to take on the The 24-28 Milwaukee Bucks tonight. The Bucks have won six of its last nine, but have lost the last two games against the Pistons.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action over at NBA.com.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

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From what I can tell the Pistons 93-81 win over Milwaukee was impressive.  One of the few games I didn’t get to watch live looked like a good one.

Tayshaun seems to be shaking off the dust and Jason Maxiell heard our cries to step up.  Ben Gordon with 18 off the bench may have gotten his touch back.

I’ll watch the game later tonight, but this is where you come in.  Leave me your bullet points in the comments so I can take out of the game what you saw.

Highlights (Via NBA.com) are great but, I like Pistons fans input.

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Forget the fact that the battered and bruised Pistons really did need to get back on track, Friday nights’ game 96-105 win against the Bucks was just plain fun to watch.

Key Points:

  • Charlie Villanueva took the court, mask and all, but still looked a uncomfortable on the court.  CV31 finished with 9 points a steal and 2 boards.
  • Great defensive effort for the Pistons all night long.  Ben Wallace and Jason Maxiell really allowing Andrew Bogut to do nothing was great.  The guards holding Brandon Jennings in check, priceless.
  • Sloppy finish to the game is something you don’t like to see.  The Pistons let the Bucks get a little too close in the closing minutes.
  • The Pistons are lucky to have won this game, when you turn the ball over 20 times it usually spells disaster.
  • I’m going to have to make a Need4Swede highlight reel.  Jonas Jerebko has been unreal since he’s been inserted in the starting lineup.  He will do just about anything that he can on court for his team, including a pretty sweet behind the back pass to Ben Wallace for the jam.  JJ finished with 16 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a blocked shot in 27 minutes on the floor.
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  • Did I mention he’s got his very own rabid fans too? He is also getting quite a hefty round of applause in the intro’s before the game.
  • Jason Maxiell a surprising 5 turnovers, but his defensive play almost made up for them.  He scored 6, with four boards and really did a number on Bogut who didn’t score till after the half.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting with 9 assists, 6 boards and 4 turnovers.  Do you realize that since he’s moved to the two position he’s had a total of 21 assists and he’s looked more comfortable on court.  He’s still running the show at times, but he’s getting better looks now.
  • Kwame Brown doing some things I never thought he could.  Kwame with 4 points on 2-for-3 shooting, with 4 boards and 2 assists in 14 minutes.  Compliments aside, the two free throws he shot (and missed) had to be the ugliest I have seen in a while.
  • 46 boards to 30 for the Bucks.
  • Great way to end the half.  via NBA.com
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  • You may not have caught the little drama unless you were at the game, but when Rodney Stuckey got his tech in the fourth quarter it looked like things were going to get out of hand.  Rodney tried to take the ball away from Jennings after the ball was dead, and they went at it a bit.  Then coach Kue and Rodney had a few choice words to each other.  I wasn’t that close so I couldn’t hear, but I did see the look on Kuester’s face and he wasn’t happy with Rodney.  They spoke, and Rodney finished the game out.
  • Ben Gordon still looks a bit off, but he did look good Friday night with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting in just 22 minutes off the bench.
  • I now have a firm belief that in Mr. Wallaces’ case it’s not about the Benjamins baby…Ben Wallace Highlights
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  • When Ben started dunking up a storm in the fourth, the Palace felt like 2004.  Another double-double for Ben Wallace with 11 points, 10 boards and 3 blocked shots….my word it’s just amazing.
  • A telling stat, 46 points in the paint for Detroit.
  • Rookie sensation Brandon Jennings was limited to 15 points, eight in the fourth on 6-for-20 shooting.
  • Chucky Atkins moves the ball so well when he’s out there.  He may not fill up the score sheet, but he gets the ball where it needs to be.   Atkins finished with 10 points and an assists.
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  • I’m wondering if Will Bynum is still hurting, Will hasn’t looked himself for the last few games.   He finished with 12 points on 2-for-8 shooting with 4 turnovers.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 17.
  • Other than the last couple minutes of this game…the Pistons looked right on track.
  • Sunday against the Wizards at home should be interesting.  Hoping they can make it two in a row.
  • Do you want Pistons tickets or what?

The 6-12 Pistons The 9-8 Milwaukee Bucks at the Palace his evening.

Most NBA can’t wait till the Bucks to come to town to see rookie sensation Brandon Jennings.

Good news: Rip and Tayshaun practiced with the team on Wednesday, but still no word on a timetable for either of their returns.  It does look like we will have Charlie V, mask and all, suiting up to take on his former team.

Charlie Getting Masked: Video Pistons.com

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Bucks coach Scott Skiles had a hissy fit the other night and is suspended for tonight’s game against the Pistons.

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Tip is at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune into 97.1 The Ticket or follow the action on NBA.com.

If you’re headed out to the Palace for the game please try to give a hand (literally) by donating gloves or mittens for The Pistons Good Hands, Warm Hands Mitten Drive.

NEED4SHEED GAME CHAT

For the second consecutive night the Pistons controlled the first half and came out lifeless after the break. That’s two giveaways,  as Detroit lost to the Bucks in Milwaukee’s season opener 85-96.

Key Points:

  • If you missed this game and caught the Pistons home opener then just check this off the list.  Saturday night’s loss was almost identical to what went wrong at the Palace against the Thunder.
  • Ben said it best: “We can’t afford to come out and take off the first five minutes,” said Ben Wallace, who finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. “We got ourselves into a dogfight and they took advantage of it.” Via The Detroit News
  • Pistons aside, go pick up Brandon Jennings in your fantasy teams.  Not only did this rookie almost put up a triple-double the other night he pretty much  single-handedly turned a 49-38 halftime deficit into a 74-63 lead going into the fourth. He scored 14 points during a 19-4 run, and he had 16 points in the quarter. This likely rookie of the year dropped 24 total on Detroit and was fun to watch.  He put Stuckey to shame a couple times down the floor, specifically in the third when Rodney went in for a floater that missed and Jennings picked up his rebound, took it to the other end and put up a left handed floater right back in Stuck’s face.
  • “I’m very pleased with our defensive effort,” Kuester said. “We’ll get better offensively before it’s all over.” Via The Detroit Free Press.
  • Second half failure on offense and defense.  The Pistons allowed the Bucks a free reign  to score 36 points and shoot 68.4% in the third quarter.
  • Why the Bucks crowd felt the need to boo Charlie Villanueva is beyond me.  He didn’t leave and go to a rival for more money, the Bucks never offered him a contract.  Give the guy a break .  Charlie scored 12 points on 4-8 shooting with 6 boards in 23 minutes on the floor.  He helped spark the listless Pistons in the fourth quarter.  Charlie V foul watch – 5 on the night.

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  • No Blaha on the broadcast, they didn’t tell us why, but he was likely filling his MSU responsibilities.  Mark Champion did a fine job on the call.
  • I’m wondering if  Charlie V a good three point shooter, because he sure is taking a ton of them.
  • Say what you will about Kwame Brown, he puts so much effort out every game that it’s refreshing. He finished with 4 boards and a steal.
  • Burn for Jonas Jerebko, who I have noticed at the home games is the girls replacement for Goldie Locks himself Walter Herrmann.  His first name is Jonas but he’s got some fans in Detroit that would rival the Jonas Brothers. Jonas played six minutes and picked up 2 fouls and 2 boards.
  • I always get a kick out of watching Carlos Delfino playing against Detroit no matter what team he’s on.  He always has something to prove and does whatever he can to make his point, good or bad.  He’s starting for the Bucks and I wish him well, but the Pistons usually get the best of him. Delfino finished with 5 points on 2-for-7 shooting.
  • Jason Maxiell had the Milwaukee crowd wowed with a thunder dunk.  Remember when Maxie would come in and spark the team with making plays?  Maybe it came back against the Bucks.  Two ridiculous back to back blocks at end of the first half for Jason.
  • They mentioned on the broadcast that the Guards are carrying the scoring load.  Isn’t that what we expected?  Or are we going to rely on Kwame and Ben?  Tayshaun and Charlie have to help the little guys out.
  • Stuckey scored 13 points on 6-for-19 shooting, looked good in the first half as you can tell from the nice effort and and one below but had difficulties with Jennings and poor shot selection after the break.  Give him credit for 8 assists, something Pistons fans were worried about.  I am a fan of Rodney but sometimes his decisions to drive the lane in the crowd and get stuffed by the big men wears me down.
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  • Big Ben Wallace had another great night for the Pistons, just 2 points shy of a double-double with 10 boards and 8 points on the night.
  • NO Wilcox or Daye?  I think we needed Chris to give us some inside presence, especially since the front court want really able to do much.
  • You can see how everything just stopped in the second half by the assist stat.  Detroit had 12 at the half and 17 on the night.
  • Outrebounded 26-29.
  • Ben Gordon led the Pistons again with 26 points on 8-for-15 shooting with 3 assists and 2 boards.  Who says the guy plays no D, Gordon statch the ball 3 times against Milwaukee and has been looking like he’s trying to fit into Detroit’s (used to be) defensive mold.

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  • Will Bynum 10 points, 2 assists and a board in 20 minutes.
  • We need a bit more from Tayshaun, especially with Rip out.  He scored 12 on 6-for-12 shooting with 3 assists and 2 boards.  I’m not asking him to put up 20 a night, though I know he can, he just needs to spark the team when he’s on the floor.
  • It’s like a Jekyll and Hyde thing, fun to watch in the first half and a nightmare in the second.
  • Hopefully the two days of “rest” will help Detroit straighten things out before they host Dwight Howard and the Magic Tuesday night.
  • Even if you don’t want to, watch the highlights simply to enjoy the talent that rookie Brandon Jennings displayed Saturday night. Still waiting on the NBA to post them, but here are the first half highlights.

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As I was catching up on my Tweeting, I noticed this from Charlie Villanueva “feeling like crap today, I’m so sick right now.” That was twittered today at 11 AM, hopefully that’s the reason for his woes on court. Feel better @CV31, we need you.

The Pistons are in Milwaukee tonight, hopefully to bounce back from the pretty ugly home opening loss against the Thunder last night.

Richard Hamilton will not be in uniform again for the Pistons.  Without Rip in the lineup last night the Pistons shot 37.1 percent from the field, but Ben Gordon filled in and scored 25 points while starting  Rip’s spot.

Tip is at 8:30 pm and will broadcast on FSN. If you can’t catch the game on television, tune into the call on AM 950 wwj or the game cast over at NBA.com.

Since it’s Halloween…I’ll wish you a Happy one,  and add this image I pulled from The Pistons.com splash screen.  Hmmmm…. Does any of that look familiar?  It’s Stuctacularly Bynumite if you ask me.